Sew Asymmetrical Color Block Totes

I’m happy to be over at Sew Mama Sew sharing my asymmetrical color block tote bags today.

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It’s been a little quiet for me and my sewing machine lately. I’ve had dozens of projects on my mind, but I’ve wanted to make modern, colorful totes FOREVER. With a family trip to California on the horizon, I thought it was the perfect time to make a few different color combinations and then bring along my favorite one.

It started with a half square triangle and I took it from there…

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Each bag has 4 colors. This is a project you can have a lot of fun with! At first, I was very deliberate in my color selection. By the 3rd bag I put all my solid fabrics in a pile and went crazy choosing the colors. The best combinations are those that don’t quite match!

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I love the asymmetrical feel to the handles and front of totes. The lining and back of the straps really pop. The outside of the bag and straps are from 2 half square triangles. Fun, right? My husband likes the green/blue combination while I love the coral/grey. Think of all the color combinations you can make.

Finished size – 14.5″ L x 3″W x 11.5″

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Make sure to head on over to Sew Mama Sew for the full tutorial. Truthfully, I may have lost a little sleep trying to figure this one out, but I had a lot of fun coming up with the tutorial. Now, it’s time to make matching pouches, right?

Want to see other tote bag tutorials? Click here for my Reversible 1 Hour Tote. Great news – the tutorial includes a free PDF pattern.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Happy Sewing.

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43 Responses to Sew Asymmetrical Color Block Totes

  1. Ann April 28, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    Wow, these are gorgeous! You need a store

  2. Jayne April 28, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    gorgeous! I think I may need to try this one…

  3. Sally April 30, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    can I buy one of these from you??? Adorable! Please email if so

    • Haberdashery Fun April 30, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      HI Sally,

      Thank you for the comment – you made my day! I will email you about the totes 🙂
      Marni

  4. Kati May 4, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    These are awesome! I want to go make some for my kids for their swim lesson bags coming up in a few weeks.

    • Haberdashery Fun May 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      Thanks Kati! These would make awesome swim bags. I’d love to see finished images of your bags… Please send via Facebook if they get made 🙂
      Have a great day – Marni

  5. Staci May 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    I love these! They have a nautical feel, but are subtle about it. I think I need one for spring!

  6. Eloquence May 5, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    I love these! I wish I had the sewing skills to do these.

  7. kathyh May 5, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    great tute. I made mine this morning for the SewMamaSew giveaway day -starting tomorrow!
    Thank you for very clear directions.

    http://runningwithrocket.blogspot.com/2015/05/sewmamasew-giveaway-day-spring-2015.html

    • Haberdashery Fun May 6, 2015 at 7:36 am #

      Hi Kathy – Thanks for sharing! I just visited your blog and your tote looks awesome. I love the colors you selected! If you feel like sharing on my Facebook page, please come over https://www.facebook.com/HaberdasheryFun
      – Marni

  8. bee May 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    these are such fun – i’ll have to try one out! questions on the interfacing you used – it calls for a lightweight fusible interfacing, but i didn’t see anywhere in the directions where that goes in the bag. Did I miss it? is there a brand of sew-in interfacing that you recommend? thanks!

    • Haberdashery Fun May 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi Bee – Sorry about that. Use the fusible interfacing for the straps to make them sturdier. I used Pellon SF101. It’s a little bit tedious, but cut the straps as per the tutorial, then iron the long interfacing piece to the long strap piece. I made straps with and without the interfacing – but liked how they turned out WITH the interfacing. Let me know how it goes and please send images of your finished bag [ https://www.facebook.com/HaberdasheryFun ]

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 – Marni

  9. Anna May 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Wow those bags are gorgeous! I need to make more stuff in plain fabrics 🙂

    • Haberdashery Fun May 11, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Anna – thanks for stopping by.. It was fun to play with my solids stack and come up with color combinations! Have a great week – Marni

  10. Lou Lou Girls May 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    I’m loving this! I’m so impressed by your masterpiece. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Mother’s Day! Lou Lou Girls

  11. Bonnie May 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    These color block totes are awesome! I would love for you to link up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at behindtheseamssewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

  12. Lisa at Mabey She Made It May 12, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    These are AMAZING! I definitely need to make one

    • Haberdashery Fun May 12, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      Hi Lisa – Thank you so much! I saw your boxy pouch for the ribbon retreat love everything about it!

  13. Melissa French, The More With Less Mom May 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Those straps do pop! Thanks for posting. Hello from Busy Monday.

  14. Julie May 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    They are just lovely. Such great colour combinations, they look so stylish and modern.

  15. Peggy May 12, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi – I made this out of pleather and I love, love it. So easy & so cute. Thank you for the pattern! (PS – I’ve gotten a TON of compliments on it.)

    • Haberdashery Fun May 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi Peggy – Awesome!! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂 I’d love to see images? if you want to post to my Facebook page that would be great https://www.facebook.com/HaberdasheryFun

  16. Paola @ Do It With Heart May 13, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Love the colors! Might need to try them…

  17. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty May 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    I absolutely adore these! I wanted to let you know that this project is one of my features over at The Handmade Hangout! My post with features and this week’s linky goes live today at 6pm ET. Thanks so much for linking up- great job!

    • Haberdashery Fun May 15, 2015 at 10:47 am #

      Hi Valerie,

      Thanks so much! I appreciate your meeting me know. Have a great weekend. – Marni

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